Celebrating 33 years of pure excellence!

Southern Oaks Plantation is celebrating 33 years in business, and we are reflecting on some of the most impactful details that make up the essence of our cherished venue. We have created a brand that spans over decades, and we frequently see parents of our couples returning back to our venue years later to relive their experience through their childrens’ special day. There is one thing we can guarantee, we’ve mastered the art of perfection over our many years in business!
disney-wedding-southern-oaks-plantationCustomer satisfaction is where every decision made at Southern Oaks Plantation begins and ends. Owner and operator, Bobby Asaro, makes a point to go above and beyond for his couples and lives for the “WOW” moments and the look of surprise on his clients’ faces. For example, here is where our team shocked the bride and groom with Mickey and Minnie on the balcony, after the bride mentioned how much she loved Disney World!
stunning-new-orleans-photographyWe also boast the “GRANDEST” oak tree in all of New Orleans, and the only antebellum style home within ten minutes of downtown. The moment you step onto our grounds you are whisked away by beauty and the perfection of manicured lawns, grand ballroom, and stunning stables. There is truly no place on earth like Southern Oaks Plantation!

Are you ready to be treated like royalty? Our elite staff provides unmatched service, and wants nothing more than for you to feel like the center of our universe – because you are! From personal attendant all evening, to special touches to make the evening your own, you will absolutely live out your dreams of a fairytale wedding! Southern Oaks Plantation is where passion meets excellence.

So what are you waiting for? We invite you to be a part of our legacy, and experience all we have to offer! From our modern design and timeless atmosphere to delicious food and impeccable service, we provide the ultimate New Orleans experience you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Five Star Wedding Venue New Orleans

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In an age where couples are instantly overwhelmed with the amount of planning choices, from big budget to intimate, to band or DJ, bright colors or muted tones, flowers or candles, and the list goes on.. We can guarantee that Southern Oaks Plantation will take the guesswork out of planing your perfect fête. We are celebrating 33 years in business, and the reason we’ve been able to serve amazing couples over and over is because we get it right every time. There is nothing more important to our staff that customer experience, and it is our passion to ensure you and your guests have the night of your lives!

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Here is what you can expect at Southern Oaks Plantation!

Katie 12/29/19

Holy smokes! Where do I begin??? This place, the employees, the atmosphere! It is the most perfect place to have your wedding! The first time I walked though that door I was absolutely taken away! I was introduced to an amazing lady named Lauren. She was the sweetest person I had dealt with while going crazy trying to find a place to hold my wedding. She answered any questions I had and was so patient. I was later introduced to Mr. Bobby. Well he has that perfect southern charm and made us feel like he has been knowing us for years. We had our baby and he heard from Lauren that I am a huge Disney fan. Well hello, I use to work at Disney! Lol anyways, he gave our little girl a stuffed Minnie Mouse. It’s the little things that catches people’s attention. She still has it and carries it around all the time. The whole place made you feel like you were home! The absolute best! I will take you to the week of our wedding. I was a stressed bride to say the least. The day we went to drop some stuff off at the plantation, Lauren worked her magic and made everything so calm. I remember her always telling me “let us do the worrying, let us do the work!” And that they did. Now, night of my wedding they met us before the doors of the limo stopped. They are so orchestrated and everything is down to a science you, the bride, don’t have time to worry about this or that, they are already 10 steps ahead. Me. Bobby told my Matron of Honor “I have a little surprise for her!” Well holy smokes let me tell you! This man went above and beyond! Mickey and Minnie showed up at my wedding and to top it off I really got to have FIREWORKS at my wedding!!! The food was amazing! They have so much, so don’t worry about leaving hungry! Everyone that came to our wedding all agreed this was the best wedding they have ever been to. They are all still talking about it wanting to do it over so they can relive it. This is truest a magical place where DREAMS COME TRUE!

 

Tina 1/7/20

Oh my goodness. Where do I begin. I could not thank Southern Oaks Plantation enough for the magical wedding we had this December. Mr. Bobby, you are an amazing human being. He was there himself and talked to me and assured me how great everything was going to be and asked me what exactly I had in mind and his opinions and let me tell you, our minds were blown myself included. When we booked with Southern Oaks Plantation we knew this was a great venue but we had no idea how GREAT it was going to be. I have had multiple people including kids tell me how this was the best wedding they had been to. The staff is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I had champagne all night, they made sure we ate, made sure our families were doing okay, I mean you name it, they made sure it happened. now about the food…. THE BEST FOOD I HAVE HAD! wow just wow. the food kept coming from the moment everyone went in and it did not stop. I have had almost every single guest at the wedding comment on how great the food was. It was AMAZING. We took a little bit longer eating our dinner because we wanted more and more.. Honestly, the best decision we made was to book with Southern Oaks Plantation. We live in Houston so this was a destination wedding for us and I was very nervous as I did not get to go to LA and did not feel like I was as prepared as I should be? But oh my oh my, How AMAZING everyone at Southern Oaks Plantation made it to be. It was truly a magical wedding, a wedding to remember. We had guests come in from New Jersey and California many of which had never visited LA before and they were so amazed and loved every single thing about this venue. My husband and I truly recommend this place to anyone who is looking and is not sure. Trust me, you will not regret it. Thank you Mr. Bobby and all the amazing staff for making all our dreams and even more come true! We could not have even imagined how perfect it was going to be, beyond our imagination. Thank you.

 

Allison 9/5/19

Southern Oaks exceeded my greatest expectations. Nowhere I considered matched their charm and hospitality. The day of the wedding I was impressed more than I thought possible. There were attendants by my side the whole night to help when needed, but I wasn’t overcrowded. The highly trained staff eased every uneasy nerve I had. The experience was so spectacular, I wish I could relive it. Southern Oaks was there for me for my whole engagement and constantly made sure I had what I needed. They are the only group of people I would back up 100% without hesitation. My parents and in-laws were equally impressed. My guests raved about the great food at the reception- and still do! Thank you Southern Oaks for the best night of mine and my husband’s lives.

Still not convinced? Review our collection of 5 star reviews here!

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The perfect destination for your New Orleans Wedding!

Read how Ashley and Michael planned their destination wedding with ease as they coordinated with our experienced event team to ensure no detail was left undone. We want you to have a stress free and incredible experience whether you are a local or destination client!
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What made you select New Orleans as a destination for your wedding?
In July of 2018 we traveled down from Toronto to New Orleans for a weekend trip as it was a long weekend in Canada. Ashley (my wife) wanted to take me down here to see if I loved the city as it is a destination she would like to move to in the future and buy a property soon. Little did she know, I was going to propose to her at Southern Oaks Plantation after our dinner date! I told her I was taking her on a plantation tour. Stacey (the Queen of proposal’s and weddings) had a beautiful setup under the oak tree where I popped the question. Then, after viewing the site of Southern Oaks Plantation, we decided on the spot to get married here! Also Ashley said if we ever got married, it would have to be in New Orleans! It was the best decision of our lives! 
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-What was one thing about Southern Oaks Plantation that helped you realize it was the right place for your wedding?
After she said yes, we walked around the property and Stacey took us for a tour. It was the most beautiful setting we have ever seen. Like out of a storybook! The trees, the house, the pool in the backyard, the horses and stable, entrance way, the staff’s presence, everything was absolutely fantastic. Immediately we both felt so much comfort in working with Stacey we decided on the spot to have our wedding there. 
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Thinking back on your wedding day, what are a few details that really stand out?
There’s to much to answer here, I could go on for days! I would say the top 3 things that stood out was the scenery, like I said earlier, it looks like our wedding was out of a Disney movie. The next thing would be the food! We have heard everyone say endlessly how much they LOVED the food. Their chef’s come up with the most creative finger foods that really changed the way we look at weddings here in Toronto. We’re used to the sit down, 7 course meal, taking hours on end. This was just a non-stop party and everyone was up the whole night dancing, eating, drinking and just having such an amazing time. Lastly, I’d honestly just have to say everything. Everything truly stuck out and it’s impossible for us to choose just a few things. Stacey and her team are literally the dream team. I’ve said numerous times I wish we could get married on a yearly basis there!! 
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-Tell us about your experience planning a wedding from afar with the events team at Southern Oaks Plantation. 
Without Stacey, we would have had such a difficult time getting things planned out. Planning a wedding in a totally different country is extremely difficult! Because, we cannot go food tasting, or see the flowers and check out the decorations. Everything had to be done over the phone, email, texts, it really consumed most of my days from engagement to wedding day. But, having Stacey and her team at southern oaks plantation really took the stress away most of the time as they were fantastic when it came to dealing with vendors, who to deal with, the good and the bad. The events team on the day of the wedding were incredible. We had so many people comment to us (still to this day) that the service was off the charts amazing, and we agree! This was a 10/10 experience that I will always remember for the rest of my life as one of the best days of our life! 
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The Rumors About Southern Oaks Plantation Are True!

The Rumors About Southern Oaks Plantation Are True!

There are many things we’ve learned along the way while being in business for over 32 years, and there is one thing we can guarantee – Southern Oaks Plantation truly does live up to its reputation! Owner and operator, Bobby Asaro, shares that there is an inside joke among staff when there is an outlandish task such as painting the grass green (see below!) the response is, “Because Mr. Bobby says so!” southernoaksplantation

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There is no detail that goes undone at Southern Oaks Plantation, you will receive the all star treatment on your wedding day! 

The attention to detail does not rest on the appearance of the property, but the professionally curated decor, the handcrafted menu items – executed perfectly every time, and the unmatched customer service.

Where else in New Orleans can you receive a luxury experience complete with all of the best traditions our city has to offer? Drago’s oysters, Cafe du Monde beignets, or the famous Lucky Dog – if you dream it, we can do it! Our biggest passion lies within our signature services such as a true New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, the horse and carriage featuring Southern Oaks’ own Magic and Majestic, and the unforgettable fireworks show!

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Through countless five star reviews,  clients that wed at Southern Oaks decades ago and return to see the weddings of their children, and the incredible feedback we receive again and again.. we can guarantee that Southern Oaks Plantation will absolutely live up to its reputation!

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Southern Oaks Plantation Is Your Only Destination!

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New Orleans is consistency awarded as the top destination for weddings, and its easy to see why! However, you can only find the true New Orleans experience here at Southern Oaks Plantation! See why Brandon and Heather chose to plan their wedding from afar right here! 

A few notes from our bride…

Brandon and I met in New Orleans back in 2014. Brandon was in pharmaceuticals at the time and was there for work. I was in the city for my sisters Bridal Shower.

I am graduate of Loyola University and so is my little sister.  Many of our friends from College were still in the city.  Also, it is a quick drive from Atlanta where she lived at the time.

The Bridal Party and I were walking down Royal Street, shopping, walking and listening to music.  Brandon walked by with one of his colleagues and started up a conversation.  We kept talking for the duration of the trip (4 days). Had our first date at Muriel’s Jackson Square, and even met up after a Saints game.  At the end of the trip, he went back to Miami.  I went back to Los Angeles.  We did long distance for about a year, and then decided that we would both move to Atlanta.  After 5 years and 2 kids, we decided it was time to tie the knot.  New Orleans was the only place in our hearts that made sense.  New Orleans brought us together.

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Why Southern Oaks?

Southern Oaks has the most stellar reputation.  A college girlfriend of mine is the owner of a well known bridal gown boutique in New Orleans.  I gave her a list of venues that I was considering.   I wanted her opinion knowing that she had likely been to all of them and knew the reputation of each.  She told me I had some great venues on the list, but that Southern Oaks was hands down the best location for everything that we wanted. Pictures do not do the property justice and each picture is amazing. Southern Oaks is the perfect backdrop.  It captures New Orleans in a way no other property can.

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Wedding Day Standouts?

On the way to the Southern Oaks Plantation, it started to rain, and I was in the limo crying.  I knew the wedding would be beautiful regardless, but I wanted so badly for the wedding to be out front on the mansion porch.

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As we got closer the rain stopped, but I just knew they had moved things inside.  To my surprise as we pulled up the drive, folks were outside drying the chairs.  When I get into the waiting area, everyone told me not to worry, they were going to do everything in their power to make sure it was outside.  Even if that meant starting a little later.  But they said that based on the radar, we should be good to go!  It was outside and it was amazing.  At the end of the ceremony, the fireworks just topped everything off perfectly.  Mr. Bobby even added a send off firework at the end of our Mardi Gras parade as a surprise!  It just sealed the perfection of that night.

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That is just a few examples.  The atmosphere was perfect and the food unbelievably good.    There are so many wonderful things I could retell.  I did not have to worry about ANYTHING. Everything was exactly how I imagined, and literally not one thing went awry. I look back on that day and just can’t believe how magical it truly was.  People have not stopped talking about it.

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Planning a Wedding From Afar

The idea of planning a destination wedding while managing life with 2 toddlers and a fiance, sounded like a bad idea.  Juggling 20 different vendors was just not an ideal situation.

Southern Oaks made it so incredibly easy.  I handled the cake, flowers and officiant and wedding string quartet.  Southern Oaks did all of the rest!  I just had to tell them what I wanted.  Between the picturesque venue to the amazing food. There is no where in New Orleans where you have so many options that add to your day and make it so special and unique.

 

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Stunning Ceremony Spots at Southern Oaks Plantation

Experience Southern Oaks Plantation from any backdrop that suits your style from a stunning oak tree to our grand façade, to the dazzling ballroom!

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We have a variety of brides and grooms that choose our venue, so we have sought out to curate the most iconic ceremony locations so that you can choose one that supports your style as a couple. If you have dreamed about an outdoor wedding, but concerned about that unpredictable weather of Southern Louisiana – you’ll never have to worry at Southern Oaks Plantation as our Plan B option is rarely seen as Plan B when its this beautiful! Sparkling chandleries, custom LED lights, and twinkling candles make our grand ballroom a stunningly intimate space for you and your guests.

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It is no surprise that the grand entrance of this antebellum style plantation is selected as our most popular choice for ceremony locations. From the perfectly manicured lawn to the majestic oak tree, there is no shortage of beauty leading up to our altar. Our expansive grounds allows you to easily accommodate a large guest list, and create a memorable impression from the moment they arrive! Horse and carriage rides, traditional New Orleans second line bands, and customized firework shows make this space even more magical!

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Southern Oaks PlantationOur Stunning oak features the most intimate setting of all. Voted the most gorgeous oak tree in all of Louisiana, we feature a setting that requires little accents to the existing beauty of nature. Say your I do’s beneath the moss covered canopy and experience a truly Southern ceremony.

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At Southern Oaks Plantation, we strive or perfection no matter your style or guest count. We want to ensure that no matter what backdrop you choose, you and your guests have a night that you won’t soon forget!

 

 

Romance Under The Oaks Featured on Belle the Magazine

When we say romance can be found here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we mean it! From the sprawling oak tree to the grand columns of our antebellum styled home – we have though through each detail. We want you to feel transported the moment you arrive, and really feel the essence of Southern Oaks!

 

Our very own, Stacey Asaro, set the scene for a truly stunning fête along with an incredible team of vendors to show how enchanting the plantation can be whether day or night. She designed a remarkable stunning lounge with our grand home featured as the backdrop.

 

We could not be more thrilled to showcase the beauty of Southern Oaks Plantation! Featured on Belle the Magazine.

Event Planning: Project Proposal | Ceremony Venue: Southern Oaks Plantation | Jewelry: Aucoin Hart | Photography: Hi Volt Studios | Floral: Nola Flora | Groom’s Attire: Jeff’s Haberdashery | Videography: Lonely Eskimo Films | Fashion: Chatta Box Boutique | Rentals: Lovegood Rentals | Hair: Ashley Coulon | Makeup: Makeup Meltdown | Model: Brooke Duffy | Model: Donovan Duffy | Submitted via: Matchology

 

Award Winning Chicken Sandwich

We heard there was a bit of a discrepancy on who has the best chicken sandwich in the city of New Orleans, so we decided to throw our hat in the ring. Based on a unanimous vote of all Southern Oaks Plantation couples, we present to you: the best chicken sandwich in the city!

This parmesan chicken sandwich is loaded with cheese, marinara sauce, and more cheese – and made bite sized to perfectly fit in your hand for optimal dining pleasure. Dreamed up by our master menu creator and owner, Sue Asaro, has knocked it out of the park once again! Why wait in long drive through lines when you can enjoy our sandwich with a glass of champagne in hand at a wedding you won’t soon forget! In the words of one of our recent grooms, “This sandwich is so good, I can’t even talk about it.”

 

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Praline Chicken Found Only At Southern Oaks Plantation

If there is one thing we are known for here at Southern Oaks Plantation, other than the gorgeous oak tree, sprawling grounds, and impeccable customer service.. its THE FOOD! And there is one menu item that is a favorite among couples, their guests, and our vendors – its the praline chicken!

We hear it again and again, when some of our favorite photographers are back shooting a wedding, they always tell us “I’ve been looking forward to this praline chicken since this couple booked me!” What could be more exciting than creating a menu item loved by our industry peers? Although, our couples seem to love it just as much! Here are a few words from a recent bride: “The food was also AMAZING!!!! The venue staff sent Cody and I a to-go box of our favorite items on the menu.  When we got to our hotel room that night, before we went to bed, we were both so pumped about digging into that to-go box! Cody could NOT stop talking about Southern Oaks Plantation’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!” Well, if that doesn’t convince you its the  best, we don’t know what will!

Owner and lead chef, Sue Asaro, takes great pride in creating unique and innovative menu items to continue to impress our couples. And her talent knows no bounds! The praline chicken may be a popular item, but the recipe is staying safe here at Southern Oaks! That means, to give it a try – you must attend a wedding here with us! Your taste buds will thank you!

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Southern Oaks Plantation, best food in New Orleans!

When you think of New Orleans, the first things that come to mind are jazz music, historical sites, and of course – THE FOOD! Southern Oaks Plantation prides itself on giving our couples the full New Orleans experience, and that experience begins with our impeccable cuisine. Our lead chef and owner, Sue Asaro, has filled the menu with over eighty delectable items included in every single wedding package. Why limit your guests to only a few options when you can give them everything, here at Southern Oaks Plantation!

 

I constantly receive compliments on how it was the best wedding people have been to and that the food was spectacular! – Kristina, Southern Oaks Bride

 

We just celebrated our 13th anniversary, and people are still talking about the beautiful venue and fantastic food! – Laura, Southern Oaks Bride

 

I trusted them with every detail and the staff at Southern Oaks made my beautiful day come true! And my guest can’t stop talking about the food! – Lizzie, Southern Oaks Bride

 

The most common compliment we get on our wedding day was that it was an absolute fairytale. From the horse and carriage, incredibly talented jazz band, the stunning grounds, insane food, perfect decor, and all the other bells and whistles (seriously, we could go on and on!) – Jordan, Southern Oaks Bride

 

I have never tried so many different appetizers, food, desserts & drinks! It felt great to be served & treated like royalty! – Blessed, Southern Oaks Bride

 

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